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Alumni Foundations Program Background

 

In 1955, Phi Delta Chi created the Achievement Award Program because of the need to better communicate with the growing and ambitious collegiate chapters that emerged from the end of World War II. Today, the Dale Doerr Achievement Award Program is the primary method for maintaining the cohesive bond between the collegiate chapters and the rest of the fraternity.

 

Throughout the years there have been evaluation forms to assess the activity of alumni chapters and to award an Outstanding Alumni Chapter. There are historical documents from a program in 1980, which reviewed general activities of the chapter through a series of 20 questions, essentially mirroring most key attributes we find important in chapters today.

 

In 1998, Phi Delta Chi created the Foundations Program to be generally analogous to the Achievement Award Program yet at the same time to be flexible enough to accommodate the wide diversity in alumni interests and alumni chapter structure. The Foundations Program serves two distinct purposes. First and foremost, it serves as a basic tool for communication between the National Fraternity Office and the alumni. The questions, in survey form, seek to gain factual information in eight areas of fraternity life. Two areas are addressed in each of the four seasonal reports. There are no right or wrong answers. The simple act of communicating is the base of the program.

 

Within each quarterly report, we accumulate a record of status, activity, interests, and direction for each alumni chapter. The program also serves as a means to identify outstanding alumni and alumni chapter achievement. Points are assigned to each report. The three official chapters with the highest points are recognized annually with the top alumni chapter receiving the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award.

 

The Foundations Program has served its purpose over the last 17 years, however in most recent years it has lost favor and very few alumni chapters actually participate on a regular basis. In 2015, the Executive Council decided to revise the Alumni Foundation Program from a quarterly report to a single annual report focusing on the most important information needed by the National Office. The hope is in the simplification and reduction to a single report it will increase involvement in the program. Only nationally recognized alumni chapters are eligible for the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award. Awards will be announced and given out at the Awards Ceremony of either LDS or Grand Council depending on the program year. The report will be due by May 1st each year to allow time for judging and production of awards.

 

With the success of the 2015 Foundations Program, and due to increasing interest in the formation of Alumni chapters, the Alumni Structure Committee, under the direction of the Executive Council, proposed to update the Alumni Foundations Program report. The 2016 report is composed of two reports for determining the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award (one required and one bonus report).

 

Alumni Foundation Report

In accordance with Article VI, Section 1 of the Constitution, Alumni chapters shall submit to the Executive Council once each year a report covering information required by the Executive Council or by the Grand Council. This required report is known as the Alumni Foundation Report. Please visit the Alumni Foundation Report section for more information.

 

Outstanding Alumni Chapter Showcase

The second report is a “bonus” report, or the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Showcase. The purpose was to better gather data from our alumni chapters and to quantify their standings in regards to selecting the winner of the Outstanding Alumni Chapter each year. Please visit the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Showcase section for more information.

 

Only nationally recognized alumni chapters are eligible for the Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award. Awards will be announced and given out at the Awards Ceremony of either LDS or Grand Council depending on the program year. The report will be due by May 1st each year to allow time for judging and production of awards.

 

Unchartered chapters and interest in forming new chapters can contact the Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs at gvpaa@phideltachi.org and the Project Director for Alumni Relations at pdar@phideltachi.org for information on chartering their chapter. Please see the website page titled Alumni Toolkit for helpful resources to get your chapter started today.

 

Outstanding Alumni Chapter Award

 

Chapter

 

First Place

 

Second Place

2016

Alpha Sigma - University of lllinois

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

2015

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Texas Alumni Chapter

2010

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

 

2009

Alpha Sigma - University of Illinois

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

2008

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

 

2007

Alpha Sigma - University of Illinois

Alpha Iota - University of Georgia

2002

Omicron - University of Southern California

Alpha Sigma - University of Illinois

1994

Delta - University of Wisconsin

Alpha Xi - Ferris State University

1993

Delta - University of Wisconsin

Alpha Xi - Ferris State University

1992

Alpha Psi - University of the Pacific

Delta - University of Wisconsin

1989

Delta - University of Wisconsin

Alpha Xi - Ferris State University

1988

Alpha Psi - University of the Pacific

Delta - University of Wisconsin

1986

Eta - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy

Omicron - University of Southern California

 

 
 
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